Weekend Wonderings

Written January 19th, 2014 by Ken

chimp_skullWelcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. Researchers at The James were awarded a sizeable grant, and the Buckeye football team added to its coaching staff. Other than that, not much going on. Grab whatever beverage you need and let’s proceed.

The James/Wexner, Cleveland Clinic

After receiving a 5-year grant renewal to study thyroid cancer in September 2013,  the James was awarded an additional 5-year, $11.3 million grant by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study and treat thyroid cancer. This project will be led by Matthew D Ringel, MD.

“Thyroid cancer incidence rates are rising faster than all cancers in the United States, making it the fifth most common malignancy in women and 11th most common in men,” says Ringel.

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 60,000 people are diagnosed with thyroid cancer annually in the United States and nearly 535,000 are currently living with the disease.

Additionally, here is a short (3:59) video with Dr. Michael Caligiuri explaining the new home of The James and an overview of new treatment processes. These are exciting times at The James, and we should be proud that it is an integral part of the Ohio State community.


  • Well, the Coaching Carousel swung through Columbus, picking up Everett Withers and Mike Vrabel and this week, dropping off Larry Johnson, Sr. and Chris Ash. Mr. Johnson, Mr. Ash welcome to Columbus. Of interest to me were the reactions from the Arkansas and Penn State fans, through their various web site commentaries. Granted, a limited sample, but I’ll use it. Chris Ash was at Arkansas one year (he came from Wisconsin with Bielema) and the Razorback defense was “meh”, although Hog fans acknowledged that there wasn’t that much talent of defense. The fan reaction was predominantly a ‘Yeah, well OK, you’re moving on. Good luck to you” sort of thing. Barely a ripple with commenters, time for them to move on to see who the next Hog coordinator would be. Very understandable for a coach who’d been in their program for only one year. Meanwhile in State College, the temperament was a bit different. With the initial reports that Larry Johnson would not be returning to PSU, the commenters sang paeans in praise and thanks to Johnson’s long and illustrious career at Penn State. However, as the evening wore on and rumors of Johnson heading to Ohio State, the mood darkened quite a bit. The ‘well-wishing’ dropped off quite a bit and of course, Urban Meyer was painted in less than flattering terms. Again, understandable.. considering the fan base.
  • Several years ago, I was defending my home turf with my six-shooter cap pistol. I probably should mention that this story takes place gfrsome 55 years ago, just to set the context, you understand. On a Saturday afternoon, my Dad had to go to his lumber mill to prepare an order for early Monday morning delivery, so I tagged along to provide “security” with cap pistol and a couple extra rolls of caps in my back pocket. The business was set up with an office-showroom in the front of the building, with a narrow hallway (30″ x 8′) connecting to the mill area, where the inventory and various wood sawing/shaping machines were located. While Dad was sawing and planing, I used some scrap wood to erect barriers (think cross-bracing) in the hallway to discourage the Bad Guys from making their way to the mill area. As Dad was finishing, he heard the phone rang and ran to the office to answer. He crashed and cursed his way to the office, answered the phone, the returned, limping,  to the mill. To”teach me a lesson”, he grabbed me over his knee with one hand and a piece of wood with the other (a 2″x4″x3′, if I recall), and laid the wood to me. The 1st whack was flush and exploded the caps, much to everyones surprise. Upon further examination of the crime scene, the detonation blew a hole through my denims, through the tighty-whitey’s and powder-burned the derriere. It was quite an afternoon. So, what’s the point of this story? Other than a cautionary tale of where to keep your spare cap “ammunition”, it’s this. For you young parents, and soon-to-be parents, don’t ever be surprised by what your children come up with..

Sunday’s Song

This week’s selection was pretty easy to make with the addition of Larry Johnson Sr and Chris Ash to OSU’s coaching staff. And with Jeff prowling the hallways at tBBC. The Moody Blues can explain; Lovely to See You Again.

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